ACT Multicultural Advisory Council Members


Contact us: ACTMAC@act.gov.au

Antonia Kaucz

Ms Antonia Kaucz

Role Description
Chair and Community Member

Key skills

Antonia is a professional leader with 17 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for profit sectors, working in Australia and overseas (Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Romania, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, Vanuatu). Born in Kuwait with Polish heritage, Antonia became an Australian citizen at 5 years of age. December 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of when her family moved to and settled in the Australian Capital Territory. Antonia has been involved with the National Multicultural Festival as a community member since the inaugural event.

Specific qualifications
International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) – completed all modules in planning, communication and techniques for effective public participation, 2010-2011
Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Australian National University (ANU), 2009 (1 full-time year completed)
Bachelor of Arts (Development Studies and Anthropology) with Honours, ANU, 2002. Honours thesis focused on ‘The Idea of an Ethical Fashion Industry’, and was based on original research into different models of Australian fashion businesses. Studies included an internship at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Director of International Relations.

Current board/committee membership Secretary of the Polish Chamber of Commerce Australia Inc. since 2015

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Mrs Chin Wong

Role description
Community member

Key Skills

Specific qualifications
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Canberra
Master Degree in Education, University of Canberra

Current board/committee membership
Chair, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF) Inc.
President, ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc.
Coordinating of Presidents’ Committee, The Federation of Chinese Associations of ACT Inc
Secretary, Canberra Mothercraft Society ACT
Board Member, Canberra Lions Club of Canberra Valley.

Kirk Zwangobani

Mr Kirk Zwangobani

Role Description
Deputy Chair and Community member

Key skills

Delivered a series of Youth Focus Groups to determine enablers/barriers to social cohesion and threat of violent extremism amongst CALD communities in collaboration with the Community Services Directorate and the ACT CVE Committee.Extensive experience and knowledge on the socio-cultural, economic and humanitarian issues that affect emergent communities, including refugees, asylum seekers and Humanitarian Entrants.

Specific qualifications
Doctorate in Philosophy from ANU
Diploma in Education from University of Canberra
Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canberra

Current board and committee membership
Executive Committee Member – Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Member – ACT Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network ACT
Member – Dickson College School Board

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Ms Sonia Di Mezza

Ms Sonia Di Mezza

Role Description
Community Member

Key Skills:

Specific Qualifications:

Current board/committee membership:

Board Member – International NGO Security Organisation (headquarters: United Arab Emirates)
Board Member – Peace Brigades International (headquarters: United Kingdom)
Carer Representative for the Mental Health Australia National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

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Ms Holy Vanderpol

Ms Holly Vanderpol

Role Description
Community Member

Key skills

Specific qualifications
Ms Vanderpol is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Cultural Anthropology at the Australian National University (ANU).

Current board/committee membership
Ms Vanderpol is one of the 2017 Australian Ambassadors for world Hijab day, she is a member of the Hiraa Muslim Sisters Canberra Executive Committee and holds an Executive Position on the Board of the National Council of Women ACT, she is also the partnerships coordinator for the National Council of Young Women ACT.

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Ms Sandra Esam Elhelw Wright

Ms Sandra Esam Elhelw Wright

Role Description
Community Member

Key skills
Sandra is a Policy Officer working to the Victims of Crime Commissioner in the ACT Human Rights Commission. Prior to this role, Sandra worked in the settlement sector for over five years assisting newly arrived migrants and refugees to settle in Australia. She has a specific interest in issues affecting CALD women, and is currently the Women's Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. In 2017, she completed a Masters thesis on domestic violence in Muslim communities, and is currently using that research to advocate for the needs of Muslim women who experience violence.

Specific qualifications
Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (With commendation), ANU
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons.), University of Adelaide
Bachelor of International Studies, University of Adelaide

Current board/committee membership
Women's Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA)
Committee Member, Advisory Committee for the ALRC Review of the Family Law System

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Mr Laksman Prasad

Mr Laksman Prasad

Role Description
Community Member

Key skills

Specific qualifications
Executive Master of Business Administration.
Master of Management (Industry and Policy).
Bachelor of Economics.

Current board/committee membership
Nil

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Dr Willie Senanayake

Dr Willie Senanayake

Role Description
Community Member

Key skills

Specific qualifications
BSc (Honours) Degree in Physics, University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Geophysics, Australian National University, Canberra.
Graduate Diploma in Electronics Engineering, University of Canberra.
Graduate Certificate in Management, University of Western Sydney.

Current board/committee membership
Member of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators Inc (AUSIT).
Member of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Board Member of the Canberra Seniors Centre
Coordinating Secretary of the Canberra Interfaith Forum.
Justice of the Peace in ACT

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Mr Victor Violante

Role Description
Community Member

Key skills

Specific qualifications
Bachelor of Sports Media (journalism), University of Canberra.
Bachelor of Sports Media/Bachelor of Law, University of Canberra.

Current board/committee membership
Nil

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Ms Dewani Bakkum

Ms Dewani Bakkum

Role Description
Representative Member – Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services Inc.

Key skills

Specific qualifications
Ms Bakkum holds a Diploma in Management and Advanced Diploma in Management (Human Resources).

Current board/committee membership
Chief Executive Officer for Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services in the ACT.
Member of the ACT Chief Minister’s Advisory Committee to the office of fair Trading for five years. Chair of the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA).

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Miss Nunu Johnson

Role Description
Representative Member – ACT Multicultural Youth Services.

Key skills

Ms Nunu Johnson is from South Sudan. She will bring to the Council cross-cultural knowledge and experience specific to South Sudanese and those from CALD backgrounds. Mr Johnson speaks four languages: Dinka, Arabic, Kiswahli/Swahili and English. Her greatest passion, apart a passion for fashion is to work and help those who experience hardship to heal and integrate positively into society, especially young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Specific qualifications
Bachelor of social work.
Diploma of counselling.
Diploma of business.

Current board/committee membership
Nil

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Mr Hong SAR Channaibanya

Mr Hong SAR Channaibanya

Role Description
Representative Member – Companion House.

Key skills

Mr Hong Sar Channaibanya suitability and key skills and experience include:

Specific qualifications
Certificate from the Ministry of Home and Religious Affairs and Certificate for Monastic Education in Myanmar and Diploma of Communication and Media (Public Relations) at Canberra Institute of Technology.
Completed Studies in Buddhist Teachings (Buddhism) Kyeik Si Mon Pali University Rangoon Myanmar.

Current board/committee membership
Multicultural Adviser to the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF).

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Ms Diana Rahman

Role Description
Representative Member – Canberra Multicultural Community Forum Inc.

Key skills

Specific qualifications
Bachelor of Communications from the University of Canberra.

Current board/committee membership
Chair of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum.

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